In 2016, Tawonga launched a Young Alumni Board, soon after renamed Tawonga Alumni Board, to more deeply engage our young adult cohort, build community and cultivate Jewish identity. Members of this Board contribute to marketing and outreach efforts, which have activated over 200 fellow Tawongans and friends to join activities sponsored by Camp. These young alums, mostly in their 20s and 30s, have enjoyed an Alumni Weekend at Camp, annual Social Justice Passover Seders at Wise Son’s Deli, a Tawonga@Home Shabbat spanning 10 cities and other social gatherings. As of 2023, the Tawonga Alumni Board is no longer operational, yet we acknowledge the dedication by the alumni board in fostering connection for many years.
In the spring of 2017 and 2018, young alumni joined together at Camp to replenish land scorched by the Rim Fire and replace trees lost to bark beetles and drought. They planted 50 pine trees in addition to dozens of fruit trees in the garden’s orchard. These efforts will continue as long as needed.
Tawongans Organizing for Racial Justice (TORJ)
In 2017 and 2018, leaders of this grassroots Tawonga alumni group helped facilitate our first two Social Justice Seders at Wise Sons Deli in San Francisco. In recent summers, TORJ leaders also led several racial bias trainings for our 200-member summer staff.